Monday, March 17, 2008

The FCC Won't Let Profanity Be?

Posted by Teresa at 3:52 PM

Interesting Supreme Court case coming this fall:
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Supreme Court on Monday stepped
into a legal fight over the use of curse words on the airwaves, the
high court's first major case on broadcast indecency in 30 years.

The case concerns a Federal Communications Commission policy
that allows for fines against broadcasters for so-called "fleeting
expletives," one-time uses of the F-word or its close cousins.

Fox Broadcasting Co., along with ABC, CBS and NBC, challenged
the new policy after the commission said broadcasts of entertainment
awards shows in 2002 and 2003 were indecent because of profanity
uttered by Bono, Cher and Nicole Richie.

A federal appeals court said the new policy was invalid and could
violate the First Amendment.

No fines were issued in the incidents, but the FCC could impose
fines for future violations of the policy.
So tell me how do you think the Supreme Court should rule? Here's the Reno v. ACLU
that deals with decency and freedom of speech. I sympathized with both sides of
the issue. On one you want to protect people's first amendment rights. However, I
agree with those who criticize that we live in a media saturated culture and what's
being transmitted seems to get worse every year. Every moral boundary to what
can be said and shown in television, movies, etc. erodes every year. So what are we
to do?

Here's a video of someone who openly likes to defy the FCC (content warning):


Jason on 7:10 PM, March 17, 2008 said...

I think the Supreme Court should rule in favor of the FCC. It would take a book to discuss it properly, but this issue should have never come up to begin with.

Tim on 10:49 PM, March 17, 2008 said...

What can we do? The only thing we can do... and its happening already.

Stop watching channels which allow this content; radio and TV. TV viewership has already been dropping greatly I've heard, at least with NBC.

Jonny Goldstein said...

I feel like the government should stay out of regulating speech.


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